Equator Prize Award

Swayam Shikshan Prayog received the Equator Prize on Sept 17, 2017 at New York.

Godavari and Kamal our front line leaders and farmers from Maharashtra were in New York together with Naseem Shaikh from Swayam Shikshan Prayog. They received the Equator Prize 2017 award from Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator in a gala event hosted by the Equator Initiative partnership on September 17, 2017 at New York. We were among 15 winners from over 12 countries.

Both Kamal Kumbhar and Godavari Dange started their journey as ordinary farmers and members of self help groups, but have transformed intoextraordinary leaders changing and inspiring thousands of women. Kamal, Godavari and many other grassroots women leaders have led SSP’s climate resilient farming initiative adopted by over 20,000 marginal farmers as it offers a ray of hope on many fronts – improved food & income security and long term resilience by empowering women as change makers to lead bio-farming & enterprise and protection of water and environment.

As a leading learning organization, we are committed to share our insights from this globally recognized local solution that has potential for 10 x impact if supported by policy makers. It catalyzed transformative change for distressed communities moving them from “poverty towards sustenance andd development”, so there is no looking back……

Video on SSP receiving the Award https://www.facebook.com/mandar.jadhav/videos/10154693592951573/


Swayam Shikshan Prayog felicitated the Grassroots Women Leaders to encourage their efforts on 12th Oct 2017 at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Conference Hall: MDC-V, YASHADA, Raj Bhavan Complex, Baner, Pune 411007.


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http://www.equatorinitiative.org/


http://www.sspindia.org/equator-prize-award/


https://www.facebook.com/sspindia.org/


Swayam Shikshan Prayog receiving the Equator Prize 2017.


Our women led food security programme projected in the Equator Prize event by linking to SDGs – Gender Equality and Zero Hunger.


SSP team with Mary Robinson – Former President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Founder of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice


Women-led Climate Resilient Farming Two pager 120917


Profile of Godavari Dange – Representing Grassoots Women Globally


Profile of Kamal Kumbhar – A Serial Entrepreneur


How Two Struggling Women Farmers Became Mentors to Thousands More in Maharashtra – The Better India Article


Social Media Links on Equator Prize Events:


https://www.facebook.com/EquatorInitiative/


https://twitter.com/equatorinit


https://www.facebook.com/sspindia.org/


https://twitter.com/sspindia


– During community dialogues #EquatorPrize2017 winners from #sspindia gets the opportunity to share innovative solutions and experiences.


Swayam Shikshan Prayog receives the Equator Prize on Sept 17, 2017 from UNDP at New York

Godavari Dange and Kamal Kumbhar our grassroots women leaders and farmers from Maharashtra were in New York together with Naseem Shaikh from Swayam Shikshan Prayog. They received the Equator Prize 2017 award from Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator in a gala event hosted by the Equator Initiative partnership on September 17, 2017 at New York. We were among 15 winners from 12 countries. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/agri-business/pune-ngo-for-women-farmers-wins-un-equator-prize/article9864007.ece

Articles

Hatching A Thousand Enterprises

29.08.2017

Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur from SSP received `Women Transforming India Awards 2017′ from Wing Commander Pooja Thakur at the Award Ceremony held on 29th August, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The award was launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with United Nations in India and MyGov.



Women Change Makers Fellowship 2017

22.08.2017

Prema Gopalan, Founder and Executive Director of Swayam Shikshan Prayog India has been awarded Women Change Makers Fellowship 2017 by the Womanity Foundation. The WCM Fellowship aims to identify, support and connect leading social entrepreneurs, who are addressing women’s access to education, healthcare as well as economic and political participation.


Kamal Kumbhar from Swayam Shikshan Prayog India is being felicitated by Government of Maharashtra

29.08.2017

Kamal Kumbhar from Swayam Shikshan Prayog India is being felicitated by Government of Maharashtra at Maharashtra Sadan, New Delhi on August 29, 2017 @micnewdelhi


Pune NGO wins UN prize for sustainable farming model

04.07.2017

It is the only Indian organization to win the award, making the cut from more than 800 nominations across 120 countries.


Women-led agro-ecological farming model set to get UN award

03.07.2017

The aim was to empower the women in a way that they are able to manage the available natural resources and achieve food and income security through agriculture.


Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Program’ (SVEP)

29.06.2017

SBN Maharashtra News channel broadcasted the news on Government of Maharashtra funded `Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Program’ (SVEP), under which 5000 women are being trained as entrepreneurs. Under the umbrella of National Rural Livelihood Mission, SSP is partnering with the Govt of Maharashtra to implement a scaled up program for small and marginal women farmers and creating women entrepreneurs across three districts in Maharashtra.


Godavari Dange and Nirmala, the grassroots community leaders from SSP

31.08.2017

Godavari Dange and Nirmala, the grassroots community leaders from SSP with Ms. Vijaya Rahatkar, Head of Maharashtra Women’s Commission at the Western Region Consultation on “Securing Rights of Women Farmers: Developing a Road Map for Action” was held on 8-9 May 2017 at YMCA Pune.


Winner of the 2017 Woman Exemplar Award of CII Foundation

27.04.2017

Kamal Kumbhar a grassroots serial entrepreneur supported by Swayam Shikshan Prayog is Winner of the 2017 Woman Exemplar Award of CII Foundation in the Micro enterprise category… she has received the Award from Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.


Workshop for Policy Makers and Practitioners

24.03.2017

Dainik Jagran News on Workshop for Policy Makers and Practitioners on Strengthening Partnerships for Promoting Women’s Leadership in Climate Resilience in Bihar held at A N Sinha Institute, Patna on March 24, 2017


World Water Day

22.03.2017

World Water Day celebrated at Latur on 22nd March, 2017



Sakhi Melava

09.03.2017

Sakhi Melava, Solapur 9th March, 2017 & Opening ceremony of Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Resource Center.


International Women’s Day

08.03.2017

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, SSP felicitated grassroots women leaders in addressing development issues of rural communities in the Sakhi Melava organized by SSP at KVK, Latur.





The Better India published Swayam Shikshan Prayog – SSP’s video online

04.10.2016

In an era where the focus is highlighted on ambitious clean energy initiatives by big companies, Swayam Shikshan Prayog has been recognised by the un for its efforts in bringing the same initiative in smaller doses to rural areas.



Story of the 2016 Momentum for Change Award winners

28.11.2016

Women for Results category UNFCCC @ Momentum for Change Award Event



Grassroots women leaders Naseem Shaikh and Dange Godavari

27.10.2016

Grassroots women leaders Naseem Shaikh and Dange Godavari from Swayam Shikshan Prayog India meets Member of Parliament Mr. Uwe Kekeritz during their visit from 17th to 24th October, 2016 in Germany. The Member of Parliament Mr. Kekeritz, Germany who had invited Misereor and SSP grassroots leaders for the parliamentarian breakfast has published a long version on the meeting on his website.








Awards & Recognition

SSP’s contribution towards creating scalable ecosystem for community development has won us many accolades. We are now recognized as leading proponents for upliftment of marginalized rural communities through women empowerment, and setting up value chains for non-traditional BOP products in rural India. These recognitions are testimony to our relentless efforts. We continue to strive towards empowering women to take charge, and lead their communities to a better future.


2017

SSP is one of the 15 winners of the Equator Prize 2017 by UNDP. SSP has been selected from 806 nominations from 120 countries for its women led climate resilient agro-ecological farming model and entrepreneurship and has empowered more than 72,000 in India.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/pune-ngo-wins-un-prize-for-sustainable-farming-model/article19207876.ece


Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur from SSP received ‘Women Transforming India Awards 2017’ from Wing Commander Pooja Thakur at the Award Ceremony held on 29th August, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The award was launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with United Nations in India and MyGov. http://in.one.un.org/un-video/hatching-thousand-enterprises-kamal-kumbhar/


Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur from SSP has received the 2017 Woman Exemplar Award of CII Foundation in the Micro enterprise category from the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 27th April, 2017 at New Delhi, India.


GuideStar India recognizes organizations that practice and voluntarily demonstrate their transparency and accountability in the public domain. Swayam Shikshan Prayog is an Advanced level winner the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Award and received Gold Seal certification valid till 31 December 2017.


Quarterly FC Return

FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP July-Sept-2017


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP April-June 2017


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP Jan-March 2017


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP Oct-Dec 2016


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP July-Sept 2016


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP April-June 2016


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP Jan-Mar2016


FCRA Quarterly Receipt SSP Oct-Dec 2015


Women Transforming India 2017

Kamal Kumbhar, a serial entrepreneur from Swayam Shikshan Prayog wins NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India, 2017 Award Kamal Kumbhar (37), a dynamic grassroots leader from SSP received the prestigious `Women Transforming India 2017’ award from Ms. Pooja Thakur, Wing Commander, Indian Air Force at the Award Ceremony held on 29th August, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The award was launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with United Nations in India and MyGov. Press Information Bureau, Government of India,
NITI Aayog – http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=170334

Clean Energy

SSP promotes a unique approach to meet the energy needs of the underserved communities through “Sakhis” or women transformed into clean energy entrepreneurs at the village level.

SSP’s clean energy program:

  • Generate awareness and deliver energy needs of rural homes by offering pollution‐free, affordable and efficient cooking and lighting solutions at the doorstep by the Sakhis.
  • Offers livelihood opportunities to potential rural women through formalized entrepreneurship trainings. This leads to the economic well‐being of the women and their families.
WHAT WE DO
  • SSP aims to train and equip women in rural communities to be employed in, or initiate clean energy businesses.
  • Fosters community development through awareness on renewable energy and access to clean energy products that suit local contexts. These products range from advanced cook stoves, bio pellets, biogas plants, solar lanterns, home lighting system and solar water heaters.
  • Ecosystem building with access to finance, partnership with technology developers and market creation for long term sustainability of the clean energy enterprises launched by the Sakhis. Sakhis are equipped to work within communities to market and distribute clean energy products on behalf of these partner corporations. Women and the corporations involved, as well as SSP share the commissions on the products sold.
Product partnerships include:
Company Product being marketed
FirstEnergy Cook stoves
Eureka Forbes (Aquaguard) Water treatment plants
Godrej Chotukool
LSS Solar Solar water heaters
D- Light Solar lanterns
Kirloskar Biogas plants
COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM
Capacity Building Program
  • SSP provides customized Entrepreneurship Development programs at village level to train women as (‘Sakhis’) or last-mile distributors of clean energy products. (These trainings offer participants a basic understanding of clean energy products, communication and marketing strategies, market spotting, customer segmentation, clean energy sales, inventory management and basic business planning.) Sakhis manage sales and distribution of clean energy products and services through village level retail outlets.
  • Sakhis with demonstrated caliber as successful entrepreneurs are elevated as Super Sakhis who function at block/ cluster levels and manage a group of 10 to 15 Sakhis. Super Sakhis work as wholesale distributors of clean energy products and are trained specifically for higher level business strategizing and execution.
  • Rural youth are trained as clean energy technicians through SSP’s training arm SSEN. The training modules are spread across three months, and teach young men and women to service and repair clean energy products, and impart technical knowledge on wiring and assembling of electrical appliances. Trained clean energy youth technicians are also offered industry jobs, or inducted to Sakhi networks.
Business Handholding support

Post training, SSP continues to provide Sakhis or clean energy entrepreneurs with branding, marketing support and establishes linkages with micro finance institutions for further assistance.

Market creation

SSP also works alongside Sakhis in creating new markets for clean energy products. SSP organizes activities such as mass community campaigns and demonstrations at block-level, involving key stakeholders, opinion leaders such as Panchayat heads, and representatives from various institutions to generate clean energy awareness to tap the latent demand.

Ecosystem Building – Orchestrating distribution networks

SSP’s social enterprise SURE works with Sakhis on one hand, and vendors and technology providers of clean energy products on the other side. On behalf of Sakhis, SURE identifies, tests and conducts due-diligence on clean energy products as well as vendors that the Sakhis deal with.

In addition to the existing portfolio of clean energy products, SSP team explores, identifies and tests clean energy products that could potentially benefit the communities we serve.

IMPACT

With the support of USAID/India, over 1010 rural women entrepreneurs have launched clean energy enterprises reaching out to over 200,000 Households across eight districts in Maharashtra and Bihar as on 2016.

CURRENT PARTNERS

  • wPOWER – USAID/India
  • Miseror, Germany

OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTNERSHIPS

  • Technology developers for distribution and marketing of clean and green solutions.
  • Building and executing customized awareness campaigns, product development and pilot programs to reach the rural markets.

    A report on the Program:
    wPOWER INDIA: From creating to scaling up clean energy market ecosystems in underserved regions through empowering grassroots women entrepreneurs as climate change leaders https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/0ByDHUADemxSjTEV5aWFUOGNOU0k

    Swayam Shikshan Prayog Spotlight by wPOWER Hub:

    Partner Spotlight: Swayam Shikshan Prayog